Ando: Bold and dynamic! Annandale’s favourite Italian eatery has just recently reinvented itself highlighting a new generation of eateries in the inner city. Originally bought as a going concern around 14 months ago, the three local owners Richie Ragel, Michael Cleary and Nathan Lusted has transformed “Vicini” what is now known as “Sede” pronounced Said-ay (meaning “venue” in Italian). B and I were fortunate to be invited to their gala relaunch party where we got the opportunity to see first-hand the full body makeover encompassing a pizzeria and Annandale’s first wine bar. We also had the chance to sample new Head Chef Dean Worthy’s much anticipated menu. A menu zinging with the freshest tastes and textures of Italy, all with his trademark “modern twist”.
Stepping through the main entrance, striking black and white décor with flashes of orange surrounded this space and was even highlighted in the uniforms of floor staff and chefs. B and I admired the funky casual dining experience on the ground floor and couldn’t wait for what upstairs had to offer.
An intimate restaurant experience awaited us upstairs and once we arrived, the elegant dining room had a lovely ambience and had sweeping views of the city both from the balcony and inside. I loved the awe-inspiring contemporary painted artworks that hung on the walls but what I liked the most was the Artichoke lighting fixture. It was fascinating to hear from a local that this fixture was originally downstairs but had now been moved upstairs.
The owners recommend making bookings for the upstairs restaurant which sits around 60. It was lightly raining on this particular day but the views were still spectacular. One local was kind enough to point out to me the best table in the restaurant. Located upstairs on the corner of the far left-hand side of the balcony. Best views indeed!
One of first dishes that we tried that evening were oysters. Fresh and simple.
Rockmelon, Prociutto and Basil Sticks ($7.5). Displayed on Sede’s small plates menu, this was a delightful treat. I enjoyed the hidden refreshing crunch of the rockmelon that accompanied the saltiness of the prociutto.
Polenta & Thyme Hand-Cut Chips served with Gorgonzola Sauce ($8). Too eager to get stuck into this, I almost burnt my tongue! I enjoyed the slightly strong hint of parmesan in the chips and the sauce added another creamy dimension to the experience.
After tasting this pizza, we were slightly confused to what kind of pizza this was. It had hints of anchovies but had basil leaves so we were’t sure if it was the “Marina” with White Anchovy, Sliced Roma Tomato, Garlic and Oregano ($18) or the “Margherita” with Tomato, Fior Di Latte, Buffalo Cheese and Basil ($18). Or perhaps we could be totally off the mark. The crust was a highlight!
Pan Seared Potato & Spinach Gnocchi, Tokkay Steeped Sultanas, Pin Nuts, Crispy Sage, Burnt Butter and Truffle Pecorino ($27). This would be unquestionably my choice as a main the next time I am in. The gnocci was light and fluffy and the truffle pecorino had a mild but strong flavour.
Yoghurt Pannacotta, Honey Toasted Muesli and Red Wine Poached Pears ($13). Gorgeously looking, the creamy texture was a standout.
I assume that this was a pavlova but could not find this on the menu. Please correct me if i’m wrong! Nice treat to end a delightful event.
With a 2pm open time on the weekends, Sede enables diners the chance to jump in for an afternoon cocktail or two before heading out.
Aside from creating a truly remarkable dining experience, other plans are also on the way for Sede including a rooftop vegetable garden and a rooftop bar.
This is one dining destination to look out for!
37 Booth Street, Annandale, NSW 2038
(02) 9660 6600